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2011 Prime Time Emmy Nominations: Mildred Pierce, Mad Men the Big Winners

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HBO’s mini-series Mildred Pierce has been honored with 21 prime time Emmy nominations, the most of this year’s crop of series, mini-series and TV movies. The five-part drama, starring Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road) and Guy Pearce (Memento), is a remake of a 1945 movie saga, telling the story of a proud single mother trying to provide the best life possible for her daughter in the midst of the Great Depression and beyond.

The 63rd annual Prime Time Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning by Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Mad Men, AMC’s drama set in the advertising world of the 1960s led the field of television series with 19 nominations, including best drama, lead dramatic actor, and lead dramatic actress.

Once again, non-network series dominated the nominations in nearly every major category, particularly among scripted dramas. There were not a lot of huge surprises among this year’s crop of nominees.

However, a very sweet moment came during the brief announcement ceremony when Melissa McCarthy heard her own name read as a nominee. Delighted and surprised—and a bit breathless—the first-time Emmy nominee quickly regained her composure to continue reading the nominations list.

The Emmys will be broadcast live on FOX, September 18. A complete list of Emmy nominees can be viewed on the official site.

Who do you think will win? Who’s left out? Let the debate begin in the comments thread below! 

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
 Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick), The Good Wife
Kathy Bates (Harriet “Harry” Korn), Harry’s Law
Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden), The Killing
Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (Nucky Thompson), Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall  (Dexter Morgan), Dexter
Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor), Friday Night Lights

Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House), House
Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens), Justified
Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
Parks And Recreation
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Linney (Cathy Jamison), The Big C
Melissa McCarthy (Molly Flynn), Mike & Molly
Edie Falco (Jackie Peyton), Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope), Parks And Recreation
Martha Plimpton (Virginia Chance), Raising Hope
Tina Fey (Liz Lemon), 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), The Big Bang Theory
Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc), Episodes
Louis C.K. (Louie), Louie
Steve Carell (Michael Scott), The Office
Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy), 30 Rock

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  • Amy

    Happy for Hugh Laurie (House) but felt Lisa Edelstein (Cuddy) and the House show should also have gotten the nod.

  • http://housedailydose.squarespace.com Housecall

    This will be the last opportunity the Emmy voters have to give this long overdue and so well deserved Emmy to Hugh Laurie. Yes, it’s just my opinion but I think this will be the final season for House.

    Hugh Laurie has created one of the most beloved and iconic characters in Television History. It’s about time those Emmy Voters open their eyes and see what all the rest of us have for so long and redeem themselves in the eyes of the fans.

    Best of Luck and Huge, House Congratulations to the fabulous Mr. Laurie.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barnett

    Housecall, I think it will be this year and next. To deny Hugh an Emmy award after what he has created in this complex character is just insane. He makes it look very easy, but we know it is not easy at all.

    He took what looks on paper to be simply misanthropic, drug-addicted genius doctor and made us all love him. Not “love to hate him,” but love him, sympathize with him and cheer for him. All that with an accent done to perfection, a limp and ridiculously rapid-fire dialog replete with multi-syllabic medical terminology. In addition to all that, he paved the way for an entire series of knock-off characters over the seasons subsequent to the House premiere intended to duplicate with very little success.

    It’s about fracking time, Emmy voters! Give this man his due!

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com/ handyguy

    Looks like a good crop of nominees, especially Friday Night Lights finally being nominated for best drama — after it moved off-network.

    But doesn’t the fact that one show can rack up 19 or 21 nominations suggest that there just might possibly be an excessive number of categories? Just sayin’.

  • http://barbarabarnett.com barbara barnett

    handyguy–I also think there needs to be a distinction between those, largely cable, series that only run for 8-13 episodes and conventional series that run 22-24 eps per year. Or cable vs. network. Or something. Because I believe they’re often comparing apples and oranges.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com/ handyguy

    Yes, putting Game of Thrones and The Good Wife in the same category is odd. They’re both first-rate entertainment, but otherwise on different planets.

  • Melanie

    I am so happy that Hugh Laurie got a nomination this year!! I really don’t understand what this man has to do to win that Emmy!!!! The amount of dialog and medical terminology that he must memorize and deliver is unbelievable. Not to mention walking with a limp and covering that beautiful British accent!!!!! The amount of work he does is far greater than any of those cable shows!!!! Why are they in the same category?!?! This is Mr. Lauries year!!!!!

  • rjw

    I hope that he finally wins!

  • BrokenLeg

    Good luck, Hugh!!

    Immense, tremendous and so talented actor!!!
    This will be your winner year!

    And as #3 Barbara said so well on her post:

    “….He makes it look very easy, but we know it is not easy at all.

    He took what looks on paper to be simply misanthropic, drug-addicted genius doctor and made us all love him. Not “love to hate him,” but love him, sympathize with him and cheer for him. All that with an accent done to perfection, a limp and ridiculously rapid-fire dialog replete with multi-syllabic medical terminology….”

    So…fingers crossed!!!

  • http://quarryhillcreativecenter.blogspot.com Ladybelle Fiske

    Many congratulations to Mr. Laurie, and I really hope he gets the Emmy he so devoutly deserves. Seriously. He does.

  • Cynthiaanne

    Good luck Hugh,really hope it will be a win for him this year.